The UWM Libraries include online and physical collections in music, dance, and theater, and a full-time Music & Performing Arts Librarian to help you with your classwork and advanced research. This guide provides an introduction to the resources available.
During the 2020-2021 academic year, only the Learning Commons section of the library will be open. You'll be able to request materials online or at the circulation desk, and they will be collected and brought to the desk for you. You can also continue to request articles, chapters, or sections of scores to be scanned and delivered to you electronically, by using the Interlibrary Loan form. If you have trouble figuring out how to access material you need, please use Ask a Librarian or email the Music & Performing Arts Librarian.
To request materials, find the item in Search@UW and use the "Local Request" button, as demonstrated in the video below. When your materials are ready for pick-up, you'll receive an email. Then you can pick the materials up at the library's main circulation desk.
As a Distance-Ed student, you are entitled to use the UWM Libraries' resources all year round. We will ship physical materials to you, you have logon access to all of the Libraries' databases and full Interlibrary Loan access for articles (which are usually delivered electronically), and our reference services are always available to you through email, live chat, or phone. See the tab on Services for Distance Ed students for more information.
However, there may be times when using a local library and its resources will serve you better. Sometimes there can be a real advantage to being able to look the librarians in the eye as you ask your questions and/or being able to check a book out immediately rather than waiting for UWM to send our copy to you.
So, don't forget that wherever you live there is a local library, and with it professional librarians who will help you. It may be a public library where you can get a library card for free - and if you're in a big city like New York or Boston, they have professional subject specialist librarians who can help you. It may be an academic library where you're welcome to use resources 'in-house' and ask questions of the librarians. Some academic libraries have some form of 'Friends of the Library' which gives you library borrowing privileges in exchange for an annual membership fee. Searching WorldCat.org with your location 'turned on' will help you locate materials that are close by.